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Gold for Jess Dickons in 200m butterfly 18/08/2011

Jess Dickons (University of Bath) claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the 2011 World University Games with gold in the 200m butterfly. Men’s football celebrates victory against Korea as they progress to the semi-final and badminton beats Malaysia.

Jess Dickons (University of Bath) claimed Great Britain’s first medal of the 2011 World University Games with gold in the 200m butterfly. Men’s football celebrates victory against Korea as they progress to the semi-final and badminton beats Malaysia.

Dickons, swimming in her strongest event snatched gold at the touch in a time of 2:08.91 with Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi a whisker behind in 2:08.94. 
“I knew it was going to be a really quick race and I knew there were some fast swimmers in there. I didn’t think I’d be winning a gold medal. I was absolutely stunned when I looked up at the score board, but I’m really happy and I did a pretty quick time. I’m so proud to win gold for my country and for my university,” said Dickons.

The Natatorium of Universiade Sports Centre also witnessed Megan Gilchrist (Swansea University) in the 1500m freestyle break the Scottish record in a time of 16:27.49.

“It was nice to get the Scottish record back because I’ve held it before, so I’m happy. I feel like I can now step up beside these girls that I have seen competing at world championships,” said Gilchrist.

Men’s football was met with the challenge of Korea in the quarter-finals, but after Mark Anderson’s (Barry University) free-kick hit the post and fell straight to striker Craig Moses (University of Glamorgan) who finished the job, Team GBR took the game into their own hands.

A number of chances right at the death were met with Daniel Alcock’s (Manchester Metropolitan) lightening saves and the 1-0 victory leads Team GBR into the semi-final against Brazil on Saturday.

"I'm over joyed with the lads and it was a fantastic performance against a good South Korean side. We've got two opportunities to win a medal and we will finish as the best ever GBR men’s football side to compete in Asia," said head coach James Ellis.

In the tennis men’s doubles, Ed Corrie and Daniel Cochrane faced hotly tipped Belarus in the quarter-final. The pair lost 3-6 6-1 6-4 as Belarus took their momentum into the third set finishing off with powerful serves.
Also on court, Kyle Brassington (Leeds Metropolitan) reaches the semi-final in the consolation round in the men’s singles and now meets Japan’s Sho Katayama for a place in the final.

The badminton mixed team defeated by Japan in the morning, pulled out a stunning performance against Malaysia later in the day. Mixed doubles pair Chris Coles (University of Bath) and Alyssa Lim (University of Birmingham) started well with a quick 21-12 21-15 win. Malaysia came back at Great Britain taking the competition to five matches. The final 3-2 win placed the mixed team in overall seventh place, the best ever result for Team GBR at a World University Games.   
Ashley Bryant (Brunel University) ended his second day in the men’s decathlon with a personal best and fifth place.
“Hurdles and javelin are really strong events of mine, so I was hoping to do well today, but unfortunately my pole vault was a little bit down. I had a solid hurdles, really nailed my discus and in the 1500m I ran a second PB. To come out with a personal best overall is brilliant, it’s all you can really ask for,” said Bryant.

Also at the track Julian Reid finished fifth in the triple jump final, James Alaka progresses through the 200m heats, Richard Davenport (Loughborough University) qualifies for 400m hurdles, Stevie Stockton (Loughborough University) qualifies in fifth place in the women’s 5000m and both Margaret Adeoye (University of Surrey) and Emily Diamond (Loughborough University) qualify comfortably in the 200m. Both Gemma Bennett (Brunel University) and Ashley-Faye Helsby (University of Wales Institute, Cardiff) qualified in the 100m hurdles heats.

At the golf, Kelsey MacDonald (University of Stirling) slid a few places to equal eighth in the individual competition, after hitting four over par during her second round. Jane Turner (Robert Gordon University) finished the round with the same result and the women now sit in joint seventh in the team competition with two rounds to go.

The individual 10m platform final saw divers Sarah Barrow (Leeds Metropolitan) and Jennifer Cowen (Leeds Metropolitan). Barrow’s opening dive scored 76.80 to top the group, but a poor fourth dive meant Barrow slipped down the table, finally finishing in the top ten in ninth place. Cowen was just behind in tenth with 293 points.  
Women’s water polo was left frustrated after the 11:8 loss to USA in the quarter-final shatters the team’s medal hopes. Team GBR will have no time to rest going straight into the play offs on Friday.

Fencing had their last day of competition with the men’s foil team made up of Marcus Mepstead (LSE, University of London), James Davis (Middlesex University), Edward Jefferies (Birkbeck, University of London) and Husayn Rosowsky (Greenwich University). Knocked out by Ukraine 45:36 in the last 16, Team GBR finally ended the day in eleventh position.

Women’s basketball lost to Lithuania 69-79 in the fight for 9th position, a bye in the next round leaves Great Britain with only one more game to go. 
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